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Big crowds force Portland Timbers to expand capacity

The Portland Timbers announced today that they will expand the seating capacity at JELD-WEN Field for two of their remaining regular-season MLS games in 2011.

The team will open up seats in reserved sections 209-211 as well as approximately 1,200 seats in Timbers Army sections 201-208. The additional seats will raise the stadium's capacity to 20,323 for the game against the New England Revolution on Sept. 16 and the regular-season home finale against the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 14.

"When considering our maximum capacity entering our first MLS season, we opted to cover certain sections out of concern that our concourse width affects the fan experience over a certain attendance threshold," said Mike Golub, Timbers COO. "We are comfortable with the current operation of the venue and are undertaking a two-game test of attendance increase to see if we can permanently expand our capacity a bit and meet increased demand with negligible impact on the overall fan experience."

Remaining tickets for the Timbers' final home games of the season can be purchased at the JELD-WEN Field box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. In their inaugural MLS season, the Timbers have sold out each of their first 13 league matches at JELD-WEN Field at a capacity of 18,627.

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